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Source: St Vladimir’s Seminary Press  $104.00 for 8 catechetical books (save $44) Order Now This set is made up of unique catechetical works for families, adults, and general inquirers who are searching for a clear, vivid presentation of the Orthodox Christian faith. It includes The Living God (Vol.1-2), The Orthodox Faith Four Volume Set, and The Incarnate God (Vol.1-2). COMING SOON! Subscribe Today After nearly 70 years of continuous publication, the St Vladimir’s Theological Quarterly (SVTQ), under the new editorial leadership of Dr Ionut-Alexandru Tudorie, Academic Dean of St Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary and Professor of Church History, is transitioning from a four-volume quarterly publication to…

Source: Public Orthodoxy by Katherine Kelaidis People really like Hell. Or at least they really like the idea of Hell. And many are positively gleeful at the notion of some or another of their fellow human beings being tormented forever in its fiery furnaces (that’s right, forever, for eternity, for an expanse of time the human mind cannot fully comprehend). Oddly enough, it is clear that, pious professions aside, even eternal damnation’s most ardent supporters do not believe themselves in line for torments everlasting. I suppose I always knew this. I grew up in Colorado before Colorado was cool, in a time…

Source: Commonweal By John Chryssavgis At the latest G7 summit in Biarritz, U.S. President Donald Trump reassured the world that “our economy is creating jobs and helping the poor.” A similar confidence was expressed in a recent op-ed published by the Wall Street Journal. It was titled “Making Money is a Patriotic Act” (August 13, 2019). Signed by Bernie Marcus, a cofounder of Home Depot, and the New York City supermarket magnate John Catsimatidis, the op-ed opened with a striking, quasi-religious claim: “The two of us are quite rich. We have earned more money than we could have imagined and more…

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity A Crisis of Faith, Not of Theology, Very Rev George Florovsky, 40th Anniversary of his Falling Asleep in the Lord Excerpt from Orthodox Evangelist, Fall 2019, Vol. 53. No. 3:  Brotherhood of St. Symeon the New Theologian, Miramar, FL The “Historic Church” is always an “imperfect Church,” despite her inherent sanctity.    Every student of Church History knows it but well.  The “Golden Age” of the Church – the age of Chrysostom and the Cappadocians – was an age of schisms, rifts, treason and suspicions.  Did not St. Gregory of Nazianzus suggest that apparently Christ was asleep…

Source: OINOS Educational Consulting by Frank Marangos, D.Min., Ed.D., FCEP “The only man who never makes mistakes is the man who never does anything.” Theodore Roosevelt The polar vortex is a large upper-level zone of cold air that hovers over the northern artic region of the globe during the winter season. When the polar vortex is pushed further south, this frigid air pocket can occasionally reach portions of the United States. According to AccuWeather’s Senior Meteorologist Brett Anderson, “such a vortex is capable of delivering subzero temperatures for several days at a time.” The recent polar vortex of 2019 has created…

Source: Religion News Service A major new survey released today reveals that evangelicals are confused about some core doctrines of the Christian faith. Ligonier Ministries’ 2018 State of Theology survey was conducted by LifeWay Research, which interviewed a representative sample of 3,000 Americans. The full survey results are available online at TheStateOfTheology.com. Evangelicals A majority of evangelicals said (1) that most people are basically good, (2) that God accepts the worship of all religions, and (3) that Jesus was the first and greatest being created by God the Father. However, all these beliefs are contrary to the historic Christian faith. Some…

Source: Crossway This is an excerpt adapted from The Unfinished Church: God’s Broken and Redeemed Work-in-Progress by Rob Bentz (May 2014). A Troubling Narrative The “I love Jesus, but I hate the church” narrative has become commonplace within the Christian culture today. Library shelves of books and articles have been written about the issue. Facebook posts and tweets touting this antichurch brand of Christianity are rampant. And for the most part, it has become increasingly accepted as a viable option on the smorgasbord of living out your Christian faith. “As long as you love Jesus,” many in our culture say, “You’re good!”…

Source: Commonweal by John Garvey I have served as a priest in the Orthodox Church in America for twenty-two years. The parishes where I’ve served have been varied. For ten years I was the pastor of an Albanian Orthodox church in Queens, during the period when Communism fell in Albania. The parish population doubled, with an influx of immigrants who were eager to be part of the church after having been denied any opportunity to worship by the world’s most fiercely atheistic regime. My second church was a more typical OCA parish on Long Island, most of whose members were lifelong…

Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA-CSHA]  As Orthodox Christians, we are called to wisely manage our talents, our treasures, and our time.  And, in these first days of the Nativity Fast, we very well may find that our good intentions for spiritual discipline in this regard may be threatened by expectations of the secular holiday season. To save ourselves from becoming “busy beyond belief,” the Department of Christian Service and Humanitarian Aid [CSHA] of the Orthodox Church in America recommends an article for clergy and laity by Dr. Albert Rossi and Julia Wickes, titled Time Management: an Orthodox…

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